During the COVID-19 pandemic, and now damage and recovery from Hurricane Ida, musicians and gig workers have been hit particularly hard because of the absence of live music. The Funky Uncle is looking to change that.
The Funky Uncle has been producing weekly music shows that directly benefit the music cultural bearers that call New Orleans home. In fact, The Funky Uncle has already granted almost $500,000 to almost 600 musicians and gig workers to help them during this difficult time. Some of the famous local musicians that The Funky Uncle has filmed for its shows include legends like Irma Thomas, The Dirty Dozen, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Zebra, and more.
Also helping to give back to the local musician community is renowned painter Frenchy. Frenchy has partnered with the Funky Uncle to produce paintings during the "Friday's From the Funky Uncle" events. Proceeds from the sale of each of Frenchy's prints goes directly to the Funk Fund, which benefits local musicians and gig workers. To view and/or purchase the available Frenchy prints, visit thefunkyuncle.live/frenchy.
Also, in honor of Jazz Fest, which was unfortunately canceled this year due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Louisiana, the Funky Uncle will be presenting "A Funky Uncle Jazz Fest." This series, which will be at the Voodoo Two Lounge on 330 Carondelet St., will take place from October 8 to 16 and will feature performances from the likes of Leo Nocentelli, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Mark Mullins, and more. The series is in direct support of the Funk Fund. To purchase tickets for the Jazz Fest series, click HERE.
To find out more about the Funky Uncle and the work that it is doing, visit thefunkyuncle.live.